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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Najib's scion 'best candidate' to replace him in Pekan - report


Utusan Malaysia has speculated that former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s son Mohd Nizar is the "best candidate" to replace his father in Pekan.

The article, which does not cite any sources, said Nizar was a good candidate for the parliamentary constituency in Pahang because his father and his late grandfather wielded influence in the area.

"It is widely known that the Pekan parliamentary seat is part of Abdul Razak Hussein's legacy. If Nizar is the (BN) candidate for this year, he will continue that legacy," read the report.

However, the report speculated that Nizar might also be fielded as a BN candidate for one of four state seats under the Pekan parliamentary constituency.

His father Najib was the menteri besar of Pahang from 1982 to 1986.

Najib Abdul Razak

Abdul Razak was elected as the Pekan MP in 1959 and held on to the seat until he passed on in 1976. Following a by-election, Najib was elected as the Pekan MP at the age of 23.

Abdul Razak was the prime minister from 1970 to 1976 while Najib was the prime minister from 2009 until 2018.

Nizar spent 18 years at Deloitte before becoming the head of the economic and human capital bureau of the Pahang Social Action Council - a state government agency.

The 44-year-old is the eldest of Najib's five children and is the Pekan division Umno Youth chief.

Abdul Razak Hussein

It is not uncommon in Malaysia for successive generations from one family to be elected as an MP for the same constituency.

In 1986, Lim Guan Eng was elected as the Kota Melaka MP, taking over from his father Kit Siang. In 2014, Ramkarpal Singh was elected as the Jelutong MP during a by-election after the death of the incumbent and his father Karpal.

Najib is at the final appeal stage against his conviction on seven charges of abuse of power and misappropriation of RM42 million funds belonging to SRC International.

Should Najib lose the appeal, he will likely face jail and thus disqualify him from defending the Pekan seat which he has successfully defended nine times. - Mkini

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